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New to User Stories?

New to User Stories?

Everyone knows that to do Scrum well, you must change the way you approach requirements. But when you're just getting started it's hard to know the difference between traditional requirements, use cases, and user stories. And even harder to know which one works for you. Charles Suscheck, with co-author William Nazzarro, shares his knowledge and experience to help you choose the methodology that works best for you.

Common Product Owner Traps

Common Product Owner Traps

Product owners play a key part in creating successful products with Scrum: They are in charge of the product and lead the development effort. But this new, multi-faceted role can be challenging to apply. For many organizations, the path to effective product ownership is littered with traps and pitfalls. This article helps you recognize and avoid some of the most common traps.

Ask the Coach

Ask the Coach

Recently I had an opportunity to speak with Alan Atlas, a Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach who works for Rally Software. In this conversation Alan shares his insight on the state of Agile and Scrum. He also takes a stab at predict...

Orlando Scrum Gathering 2010: A Diary

Orlando Scrum Gathering 2010: A Diary

Read one attendee's perspective on the 2010 Orlando Gathering. This article also includes links to several other first-hand accounts of the gathering.

Scrum Success in a Distributed Team Environment

Scrum Success in a Distributed Team Environment

In today’s work environments, research proves that distributed Scrum teams can achieve the same quality results as collocated teams, but relationships, communication and culture play important roles in the latter. About Scrum Since its inc...

How I  Stole an Office and Fixed Our Daily Scrum

How I Stole an Office and Fixed Our Daily Scrum

As I mentioned in my last article, I'm new to Scrum, and the journey to implement Scrum has had its challenges and rewards. After using Scrum for a month or so, I started to see a deficiency; we weren't having productive Daily Scrums. So, I dec...

How to Sustain Adaptive Planning

How to Sustain Adaptive Planning

Scrum and other agile methods recognize that responsiveness to change is an important aspect of delivering projects. They also recognize that software development is evolutionary and creative. By managing changes through Adaptive planning, Scrum p...

Why Go AgileΓÇöWhy Should I Embrace Change?

Why Go AgileΓÇöWhy Should I Embrace Change?

Has someone in your organization taken time to explain to you why you should embrace Agile? Ask yourself, why would "I" as a CIO/ Business Stakeholder / Developer/QA/BA implement Agile? Teamwork is very key in any organization; however, at the end...

Can Scrum Support Six Sigma?

Can Scrum Support Six Sigma?

Can Scrum Support Six Sigma? By Heitor Roriz Filho, MSc, CSP Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach Rally Software partner for Latin America hroriz@gmail.com   INTRODUCTION This article discusses briefly how Scrum could support Six Si...

What does a ScrumMaster do?

What does a ScrumMaster do?

What does a ScrumMaster do? Dr. German Sakaryan CSP, CSM As a ScrumMaster, I was asked this question many times. Sometimes I had enough time to explain, sometimes not. But every time it was challenging to provide a clear picture of what a ScrumM...

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